The Shepherd's Staff
Welcome to our community news bulletin!
We had such a blast at the "Paint the Bus Red" fundraising concert! With a fantastic turnout and over $2,000 in donations and raffle ticket sales raised in a single day, we're well on our way to the fancy red paint job that will turn heads and hearts throughout San Diego County. If you'd like to add to the magic, our GoFundMe campaign is still very much active. If you already donated (or bought raffle tickets), thank you for driving our impact!
Highlights From the Event
1. Kids and adults responded to community prompts, such as: "What's alive in you today?" and "What are you building with the people you love?" One eight-year-old boy responded with the word friendship.
2. A rainbow dog!
3. THE MUSIC. Patrick Hadley prickled inner ears with his Array Mbira. Raina Reign taught the kids a song about healthy boundaries on her guitar. The Natters (songwriters for Jason Mraz) brought tears of sweetness to many eyes. Then Iron & Wood grooved us into the sunset.
4. Artists of all ages collaborated on a painted sheet that will become one of the backdrops for our pop-up stage.
5. A truly epic raffle. Prizes included a CranioSacral session with Katie Dove, a massage by Liscia at Dancing Hands Bodywork, hand-cut record art from Venice Vinyls, a CSA box from Clear Chiropractic, a cutting board from San Diego Urban Timber, a gift basket from Dr. Bronners, a gift card to Goddess Again Resale Boutique, a six-pack of Pacha Bread, and sage bundles and oil from Sagewind Farm.
Of course, another highlight was announcing the outdoor classroom lineup for our 2023 Summer Enrichment Program! Enrollment is open from March 1st to May 16th.
For those who don't know what we're up to, we’re turning a 26-foot bus into a nature school on wheels. It will have a kid-sized composting kitchen (with worms!), a miniature soil laboratory, and a pop-up stage. Affectionately named Red Rover, the bus will visit local farms, community gardens, grazing sites with goats and sheep, parks, and other outdoor classrooms where our integrative curriculum can unfold.